In Home Euthanasia Services: Peaceful Tails offers in-home euthanasia allowing pet owners to say goodbye peacefully in the place their pet finds most comfortable and safe while surrounded by loved ones. This avoids the stress and anxiety of travel to a veterinary hospital. Euthanasia can be a difficult experience for pet owners and our service allows families to grieve in the privacy of their own home.
Quality of Life Assessments: We know euthanasia can be a difficult decision for many families. We offer end-of-life consultations to provide a professional evaluation to help families make this decision. A quality-of-life assessment may include a visit to the home for a physical examination of your pet or a virtual visit via phone call or video call. During this visit, our veterinarian will also speak with your family to objectively assess your pet’s current quality of life and help you make a decision on the next steps to take. Peaceful Tails has a limited capacity for diagnostic testing and as such as we are not meant to replace your relationship with your regular veterinarian. Because of this, our quality-of-life assessments are beneficial for owners who already have a diagnosis from their regular veterinarian.
Hospice Care (coming soon): Hospice care provides pets at the end of their lives with nursing support and pain management. This care focuses on comfort, not a cure. We work to extend a pet’s quality of life and provide the family with the support necessary to do so.
Location: Peaceful Tails is based in Chatham Illinois. We service Sangamon County, including Springfield, Chatham, Pleasant Plains, Auburn, New Berlin, Rochester, Sherman, Riverton. We are available outside of this area on a limited basis.
Peaceful Tails works with local family-owned crematorium Butler Funeral Home to provide several aftercare options for your beloved pet. With private cremation, your pet will be cremated individually with their cremated remains returned to you either in an elegant wooden container or another urn of your choosing. Communal cremation is available for owners who do not wish to have their pet’s cremated remains returned to them. For owners who wish to have a traditional pet burial or a cremation burial, we work with Roselawn Pet Cemetery to facilitate the burial of choice for your pet. We are happy to work with you to find the aftercare option that works best for your family.
The prices listed below are for services performed in Sangamon County, Illinois including Springfield, Chatham, Pleasant Plains, Auburn, New Berlin, Rochester, Sherman, Riverton. If you live in a neighboring county, additional travel fees may apply.
During regular business hours (8AM to 7PM): $250
This includes a clay paw print to help memorialize your beloved pet
Aggressive pets may require an additional fee depending on size and disposition
Before 8AM or after 7PM and holidays: additional $100 fee, availability for these appointments is limited.
Outside Sangamon County: contact us for pricing based on location.
Additional fees for aftercare/cremation (see below for prices).
You may arrange your own pet burial at home. It is your responsibility to check local laws to determine if this is allowed where you reside.
Your pet will be cremated individually with their individual cremated remains returned to you in a wooden urn.
Small & Medium Private Cremation (up to 75 pounds) $250
Large Private Cremation (76-99 pounds) $275
Extra Large Private Cremation (100 pounds & up) $300
Other urn options available, prices vary from $59 to $312
Your pet will be cremated with several other pets and their cremated remains will have a dignified disposition at a local, privately-owned location.
Small & Medium Group Cremation (Up to 75 pounds) $150
Large Group Cremation (76-99 pounds) $175
Extra Large Group Cremation (100 pounds & up) $200
Roselawn Pet Cemetery in Springfield offers pet burial services for both traditional and cremation burial in their beautiful park-like setting. For more information you can contact Roselawn Memorial Park at 217-525-1661 or see roselawninfo.com
Quality of Life Assessment
$150 for 30-60 minutes. Dr. Keay offers a telehealth voice or video consultation or an in-home visit for Quality of Life Assessments.
Frequently Asked Questions
for pet owners
Pet Loss Counseling and Support Services
ASPCA National Pet Loss Hotline: 877-474-3310
The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (has an online support chatroom) https://www.aplb.org/
Everlife Memorials: Listing of regional pet loss support groups: http://www.everlifememorials.com/v/pet-loss/pet-loss-support-groups.htm#il
Quality of Life Assessment
Resources for children
Helping children cope with illness or death of a pet: https://vet.osu.edu/vmc/sites/default/files/import/assets/pdf/hospital/companionAnimals/HonoringtheBond/HelpingChildrenCopeFactSheet.pdf
Recommended books for children
Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Vorst
Pet Loss and Children: A Guide For Parents by Mary Rochford Rose
Sammy In The Sky by Barbara Walsh
Being Brave for Bailey by Corey Gut
Dear Brave Friend by Leigh Ann Gerk
For Every Dog and Angel by Christine Davis
Recommended books for adults
Coping With Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet by Moira Anderson
Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz
A Final Act of Caring: Ending the Life of an Animal Friend by Mary and Herb Montgomery
Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack
The Loss of a Pet: A Guide to Coping With the Grieving Process When A Pet Dies by Wallace Sife, PhD
I Never Wanted to Say Goodbye: A Collection of Poems by Arlene Klein
You may contact us via text or phone at 217-993-TAIL (8245), at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by submitting the form below.
We will return your email or phone call within 24 hours.
PLEASE NOTE: Peaceful Tails End-of-Life Veterinary Care is NOT intended for emergency situations requiring euthanasia. If your pet requires immediate care please contact your family veterinarian or Springfield’s emergency veterinary clinic:
Animal Emergency Clinic of Springfield: 217-698-0870/ 1333 Wabash Ave Suite A